Jazz Fest, or, as it’s properly known, The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, is that wild annual celebration NOLA music and culture. Now in its 42nd year, Jazz Fest is held at the New Orleans Fair Grounds and Racetrack. The festival traces its heritage to the 1970 hiring of George Wein, the impresario behind the Newport Folk Festival, and the founding of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, the nonprofit organization that oversees the Festival.
This year’s edition of Jazz Fest promises to top all other festivals with seven days of entertainment on 12 music stages with two food stages for cooking demonstrations. The festival’s astonishing scheduled highlights include performances by Arcade Fire, Bon Jovi, John Mellencamp, Wilco, Willie Nelson, Robert Plant and the Band of Joy, Tom Jones, Sonny Landreth, Jeff Beck, John Legend and The Roots, Jason Mraz, and The Radiators’ farewell performance.
While uncommonmusic can’t be there for all these fun times, we do have you covered for the first weekend, and, to whet your appetite, we’ve included some photos from the bands that we will feature – including the subdudes, the Decemberists, John Legend and The Roots, Justin Townes Earl, and any band with George Porter Jr. And speaking of appetites, Jazz Fest is well-regarded for having the best food of any festival anywhere in the world – we promise that we will do our level best to sample these delights as well.